This past weekend in Seattle, WA, kicked off the first in a series of NRG Stand Up Paddle Fitness Boot Camps to be held all over the U.S. Mainland this summer and I have to say it was more fun than I could have ever imagined. The positive energy every single woman brought to each clinic reminded me of how fortunate I am in my career choice of enhancing lives through fitness and SUP. I realized that I'm not only enhancing their lives, but they are making mine a lot better, too! What's more, the weather was absolutely incredible for both days, which as you all know can be a challenge in Seattle.
There were two separate boot camps, a morning and afternoon clinic. During day one we focused much of the time improving upon critical SUP technique in the areas needed, followed by a SUP workout. During day two, pro paddler (and yes, my significant other) Dan Gavere, did a clinic on advanced strokes and technique.
Everyone in attendance noted huge improvements in each other's skill and speed, especially in those who are novices to the sport. Because the newbies have not had time to learn bad habits yet, I was able to impress on them all the right moves and make sure they learn the right way instead of having to 'un-learn' bad habits and 're-learn' the correct way.
Each person showed up with a variety of skill and fitness levels, but all worked together to encourage and support each other. New relationships and paddling partnerships were formed and I made new friends to last a lifetime. It's one thing to connect with others via facebook, email, phone, etc. But, meeting and getting to know a person face to face is much more valuable to me.
Of course, no Stand Up Paddle Boot Camp of mine goes without lots of schwag to thank everyone for attending and for their support. There was fun stuff to hand out from all my sponsors including Teva and H20 Overdrive along with NRG shirts and rashguards. Everyone was sized up with the proper paddle length and had an opportunity to try out all different kinds of SUP boards by Starboard. Dan Gavere gave out several copies of his new instructional video the Ultimate Guide to Stand Up Paddling
Thanks to my sponsors for helping me make this all happen including Starboard, Teva, and Werner Paddles!...The event went off 'without a hitch!' ;-)
Below is some of the feedback I have received so far, plus more photos courtesy of Donna Angevine of SUP Hook-Up. Thanks, everyone!
"Thanks for a GREAT weekend. You have just the right balance of hard work, encouragement and enthusiasm built into your program. It was great to meet you and I hope that you come to Seattle again real soon. Connecting with others who love the sport was terrific, what a great group. I enjoyed trying out your collection of Starboards and Werner Paddles. It was fun to hop on your race board, a bit tippy for me but FAST. I love the draw and cross bow turns that we learned...I use them everyday now. Keep in touch. Kathy"
"whatSUP, Nikki? Just wanted to give you a BIG thanks for a really great time at boot camp. I loved the time on the water learning from you and making new friends with fellow SUPers! I feel like you brought the Ultimate Guide to Paddling to life with your expert instruction, advise and feedback. I've incorporated the sprints into my paddles and can't wait to see how I've improved. Now, I just need to find a race. Maria"
"Loved, loved, loved learning SUP skills from you and also from Dan. And Nui is fab. I can't wait to make her a funky little coat. This is so totally what you should be doing. I would be at that dock again for another round of NRG SUP tomorrow and I'll bet everyone else would too. I'm SORE btw. ;-) Donna"
Interested in joining in on the fun? Here is the link to my already scheduled boot camps this summer http://nikkigregg.com/schedule.html,
schedule your own private or group clinic